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Mets Autograph of the Week: Orlando Hernandez

signed 2007 Bowman Heritage Orlando Hernandez card from my collection

I’ve started to write about Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez a few times, but I just never got that far.

In my mind, he’s the guy who won three World Series rings with the guys over in the Bronx. He’s also the guy who broke down right before the 2006 playoffs and forced the Mets to cobble together a playoff rotation with John Maine and Oliver Perez.

To tell the truth, I think I’d rather spend time writing about Ollie. But it looks like El Duque is finally going to call it a career. He didn’t do too badly for the Mets – when he was able to take the field, anyway. In 47 games over two seasons, Hernandez was 18-12 with a 3.88 ERA.

Hernandez retires with a 90-65 lifetime major league record and a 4.13 ERA. He’s got four World Series rings – in addition to his three with the Yankees, El Duque also picked one up with the 2005 Chicago White Sox – and he was the MVP of the 1999 ALCS. Not a bad career at all.

After failing to get an in-person autograph last year when Hernandez was trying to make a comeback with the Washington Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators, I bought this card from another collector this spring.

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That didn’t take as long as I thought it would

Oliver Perez (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Oliver Perez found a new job already.

According Mark Zuckerman of

Perez will report to Nationals minor-league camp, where he’ll work with pitching coordinator Spin Williams. Williams was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitching coach in 2004 when Perez went 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 239 strikeouts, and team officials hope the two can work well together again and solve the lefty’s mechanical woes.

Zuckerman speculates that Perez could open the season with AAA Syracuse.

Good for Ollie that he found somebody to give him another chance, but I think this will amount to as much as El Duque’s comeback attempt last season.

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Buy autographed baseballs, fight domestic violence

Trenton Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore notes that the team’s clubhouse manager, Tom “Tonto” Kackley, is holding his annual charity auction to raise money for the Domestic Violence Project.

While many of the items are from current or former Trenton Thunder players, other players also contributed.

You can bid on baseballs signed by Tim Teufel, Jenrry Mejia or Orlando Hernandez if you want to help the cause and add to your Mets memorabilia collection.

Check out the full list of items.

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Weekend in Trenton

Waterfront Park
Image via Wikipedia

I’m kinda late in writing about the two games I went to this weekend, but I’d rather talk about them than waste more pixels on the K-Rod situation.

Former Mets pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez is pitching for the Harrisburg Senators, and I wanted to see him one more time. I was also hoping to get an autograph so I could cross one more name off my Mets autograph wantlist.

I didn’t have luck on either count. El Duque pitched Friday, the game I didn’t go to. The only time I caught a glimpse of him all weekend was when the Senators went out on the field for team handshakes at the end of Saturday’s win.

He didn’t sign many autographs, either. I heard that he signed for one or two kids. For the most part, he ignored people. I was hoping he’d be more fan-friendly, but I’m not terribly surprised that he wasn’t.

Fortunately, there was still the fun of watching baseball and spending time with friends.

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Former Mets Autograph of the Day: Jorge Julio

Autographed 2006 Upper Deck Jorge Julio card

Last night, I watched the Newark Bears and Bridgeport Bluefish split a doubleheader. (Much more fun than last night’s Mets game, though I did catch most of the John Maine postgame interview circus.)

I haven’t had a chance to download my pictures from my camera, much less write a recap post. But I did want to show off one of the cards I got signed last night.

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